IRS should verify tax-exempt status

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 7:09 am

Re "Embattled IRS official out" (Page A5, Sept. 24): The McClatchy article states that Internal Revenue Service leaders have acknowledged the office inappropriately targeted groups with political sounding names and especially conservative groups. Then only in the last paragraph mentions it now emerges that groups with "progressive" in their title were also targeted, "albeit on a smaller scale than the hundreds of conservative groups targeted."

Maybe I missed the facts -- but were we told how many conservative and progressive groups applied for exempt status and how many were actually targeted? "Smaller scale" implies a lower percentage of progressive groups targeted, not just a smaller number. I'm betting in 2010 there were far more conservative groups fired-up and wanting to participate, and they made the majority of politically oriented applications, but may not have been a larger percentage compared to the progressive ones.

But shouldn't the IRS be verifying that tax-exempt status only goes to true charities?

-- Diane Mitchell, Woodland

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